Central Region Chapter
FIDF Central Region, established in 1981, is based in Chicago and incorporates the larger Midwest community. Engaging special events and vibrant year-round programming hosting Israel’s brave soldiers are integral to the Region’s activities. Also fundamental to FIDF Central Region are its affinity groups — Women’s Brigade, Young Leadership and the burgeoning Real Estate, Law, Finance and Physicians Battalions.
The Central Region’s generous donors support the wellbeing of Israel’s soldiers by focusing on a variety of programs: Capital Projects and Dedications, Adopt A Battalion, DIGNITY, LEGACY, and the most successful program, IMPACT!, which was initiated in the Central Region in 2001 and currently supports more than 900 scholarships.
Please contact the FIDF office to get more involved with or learn more about the Central Region’s programs and events, join the mailing list, become a host or make a donation.
Central Region | 29 East Madison | Chicago, IL 60602-4550 | 312-372-8500 | chicago@FIDF.org
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Articles & Past Events
FIDF Central Region hosted 44 legacy children
Earlier this month, the FIDF Central Region hosted 44 children of fallen IDF soldiers for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah trip of a lifetime. Through the LEGACY program, these children are able to enjoy a two week summer camp in the US alongside peers who have shared similar experiences.
Friends of the IDF Chicago Women’s Brigade Raised $60,000 for Children of Fallen Israeli Soldiers
Chicago, IL, July 2, 2013 – Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces (FIDF) Central Region Women’s Brigade hosted ‘Ladies Night Out,’ on June 26th, at the Art Center of Highland Park in Highland Park, IL, where over 100 women from around the Chicagoland area gathered to raise money for the FIDF LEGACY Program. The program benefits families of fallen IDF soldiers. Over $60,000 was raised at the event, which included a fashion show by the well-known boutique on Chicago’s North Shore, Frances Heffernan. Read More
Israel’s Vice Prime Minister Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Moshe Ya’alon attends FIDF Annual Dinner in Chicago with IDF soldiers
Israel’s Vice Prime Minister and Former IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Moshe Ya’alon, was the keynote speaker at the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Central Region Annual Dinner that took place Monday, October 29th, at the Hilton Chicago.
1.6 Million Raised at FIDF Central Region Event With Former Israel Vice Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni
On Sunday, August 5, 2012 more than 175 attendees helped raise $1.6M in support of Israel’s soldiers at the 2012 FIDF Summer Benefit for Israel’s Soldiers hosted by Liora and Jerry Mizel.
Central Region Welcomes the 2012 LEGACY Program
On Wednesday, July 11, 2012, the Central Region’s LEGACY Program welcomed 41 campers and 11 counselors from Israel. Campers and counselors were greeted at the home of Kim and Adi Mor and were treated to some snacks after their long journey.
FIDF Central Region Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration
Friends of the IDF, Central Region held its inaugural celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut on Wednesday, May 3rd at Moriah Congregation in Deerfield. Steve Blonder of Much Shelist and a member of the Central Region Board of Directors chaired the event which featured special guests IMPACT! graduate Alona Poupesheva and Israeli media personality Yishai Fleisher.
FIDF Central Region’s Real Estate and Finance Battalions Host 2nd Annual March Madness Event
On March 20th, the Central Region chapter’s Real Estate and Finance Battalions hosted their 2nd annual March Madness Networking Event at Bull & Bear Bar in downtown Chicago.
FIDF Central Region Hosts 3rd Annual Palm Springs Event
On February 22nd, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) hosted its 3rd annual community event in Palm Springs, CA for many of Chicago’s snow-birds.
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Jorde Nathan - Chairman
Daniel Hyman - President
Rob Selati - Secretary/Treasurer
Lori Komisar - Vice President
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